Saturday, August 31, 2019

Busy, Busy

Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  Busy as hell.  I haven't forgotten about you guys, but I've been busy, either at a forum, or editing video, or responding to constituent messages, it's quite exciting being an announced candidate.

And, Belle and I were talking earlier today.  We're really pleased wit the way the campaign is going.  I feel like we've picked up momentum this week precisely at the right time.  This is a lot of fun, and it's exciting.

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Nothing fancy, chopped some onions, bell peppers, yellow squash, and tomatoes.  Dropped them on a hot grill.  Cut up some sausage, likewise.

Added salt and pepper.  After they had sauteed for a bit, I dropped a couple of tortillas on the grill to warm.

Not bad at all for a throw-together lunch.  A little later, we have another candidate forum, this time at a smaller venue.  It should be a lot of fun.

Polling Data

The Sheriff's race continues apace, icing up steam, and I've been out and about, talking to folks, shaking hands, and making my case.  I'm running this campaign on a shoe string, with a tiny budget.  And I'm okay with that.  The campaign finance laws apply even to a local sheriff's race, and I'll have to report the money I spend.

But, somebody has money to hire pollsters, and I'm having a lot of fun with the machine polls that I"ve been getting on my phone.  Before I was a candidate, I'd tend to hang up on polls, out of sheer aggravation.  Nowadays, I stay o the phone for a few more minutes ad see if I can help the pollster with his data.

It amazes me that people today trust polls.  I recall that every competent poll showed Donald Trump lagging behind Hillary Clinton, right up until the moment that Trump won Wisconsin.

Last night, I participated inn a machine poll.  I identified as a young, African-American woman with moderate political views.  I had a very favorable opinion of myself.  I don't know which of my opponents commissioned the poll, but they should mistrust the data.  The only poll that matters will occur on October 12th.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Say What? - UPDAYED

Children of US Service members born overseas are no longer considered US citizens?  Am I reading this right?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just issued a new policy guidance stating that the federal government "no longer considers children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members residing outside the United States as 'residing in the United States' for purposes of acquiring citizenship." The new policy statement also "clarifies" that "temporary visits to the United States do not establish U.S. residence."
I thin that somebody just stepped on his junk with track shoes.  The idea that the child of a service member born overseas is no longer considered a US citizen is the height of stupidity.

When I originally posted this story, that was the story.  Belle came in from work and we began our afternoon activities.  I didn't look at the blog until this morning, when I notice that NBC had a terrible day yesterday.  The updated story is here.  Here is the headline:
[UPDATED] NBC Bungles Report on Children of U.S. Military Members Born Overseas
I guess all those layers of editors and fact-checkers at NBC were asleep at their desks.  Or, NBC is so invested in Trump Derangement that they will pubish anything.


While I wasn't paying attention, a tropical storm (two, actually), ginned up i the Atlantic.  Dorian and Erin.  Right now, it looks like Erin will affect shipping off the east coast, but Dorian is expected to plow into Florida.

Per Accuweather.

We will have to keep a weather eye on this oe.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Debate

Tonight is the big debate.  Hosted by the local realtors and the chamber of commerce, all the Sheriff candidates will be on stage a the biggest debate of the campaign.

I've been going over my message all day.  This is going to be a lot of fun, and I hope all the candidates are on their game tonight.  We have gotten one round of questions that we'll be asked, but we don't have all the possible questions that might be thrown at us.  In a few minutes, it will be time to start getting ready.  I'm picking Belle up from work at 4:30 and will be at the Coliseum by 5:00

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Sunday Show

If you like philosophy, and wisdom, and intellectual challenge, you are missing a sure bet if you don't want Ben Shapiro's Sunday Show.  I've become enamored with it recently simply because of the breadth and depth of the conversations.

For example, here he's interviewing Dave Ramsey:

Each interview is about an hour, so don't get in a hurry.  Get a cup of coffee, or a glass of fine wine and savor the conversation.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Liberal Wet Dream

From PJMedia.
"Mandatory gun buybacks" is an imported idea that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke supported after the mass shooting in El Paso. The idea comes from Australia where the government instituted a mandatory buyback program following a mass shooting in 1996.
 Liberals swoon at the results: suicides and homicides plummeted. But in addition to the mandatory buyback program, there was radical gun control legislation, making it much more difficult to own any kind of firearm.
Nevertheless, gun confiscation is no longer a scare tactic used by Republicans to get elected. It's here. And it's real.
They're playing with civil war.  They sow the wind, they're liable to reap the hurricane.

Sunday Morning Music

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Peacemakers Monthly Match

We hosted out monthly match this morning.

For the ladies, Blue Eyed Belle was the only participant, so she drew 1st place by default  However,she insisted on shooting with the men. 

She did well for several rounds, then fell out.  However, she continued to help run the range, work the score-board, and egg us on.

Men's match winners,1st, Bailey Boy - 2nd, Big Bill - 3rd Major D.

The August monthly match is in the record boos.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Make Assumptions, Fail Miserably

So, it seems that there was this journalist who wanted to buy a gun from Wal-Mart to show how easy it is to get a gun.  In doing so, she completely collapsed the anti-gun narrative.
Upon returning a couple of days later, a woman was able to help sell the gun to Peterson. She walked Peterson through the process, had her pay $2 for her background check fee, and began filling out the paperwork. Peterson was stopped almost immediately, however, as her address didn’t match up the one displayed on her driver’s license:
It's a compelling story, and I have to say that I was mildly amused at the number of times she went to the store before she finally gave up, concluding that it is incredibly difficult (her words) to buy a gun from Wal-Mart.

I have bought guns from the past in Wal-Mart and it is no harder there than it is from anywhere else, except for the limited selection.  But, I've bought guns before and I now how to navigate the background checks.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Yer Doin' It Wrong

Seen on the Book of Face.

Two Genders

Here in Louisiana, we have a governor's race going on.  Two good Republicans are running against out incumbent Donk (Don't get me started!)  The main contender is Dr Ralph Abraham, who is currently my US Rep.  I'd hate to see him out of Congress, but he is certainly stirring things up.

It might take a while to load, because the LGBTQ-EIEIO crew is going completely and totally ape-shit.  There are only two genders?!?  Horror!

I'm voting Ralph Abraham for Governor of Louisiana.

Pizza, Something

I have to launch some grandchildren in another year or so, and one of my missions is to teach them the basics of puttering around the kitchen,  Earlier today I had stopped at the grocers and picked up some french bread and a small pack of pepperoni.  When Quinton got home from school this afternoon, he met me in the shop and we made an after-school snack.

Slice that french bread length-ways and slather on some good garlic butter, then run it under the broiler to toast.  After it toasted, drag it out, add some leftover spaghetti sauce, some pepperoni and grated cheese that we always keep on hand.  Back in the broiler until the cheese melts and everything looks toasty.


I don't know what you call it, but it's good.  He ate half, and put the rest back for later.  And, we have another loaf of bread if we get peckish later on.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Utter Nonsense

It seems the news from the past couple of days is trying to tell me I have my thermostat set wrong.  Really.
To keep your home cool with central air conditioning while also optimizing energy efficiency (and therefore cost), keep the temperature at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
The suggestion comes from Energy Star, a federal program managed jointly by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that provides information to consumers about energy efficiency practices that not only save consumers money, but also improve air quality and protect the environment.
Uuuh no.  The temp at my house is set by a long and well established compromise between Belle and I.   Whether the temperature outside is 100 F, (like today), or bone-chilling single digits (which hardly ever happens in Louisiana), the temperature is set at 72 degrees.  Most times, the only thing that we do, seasonally, is slide the button to Heat or Cool.  If I buy a new thermostat, we wouldn't even need to do that.

That's where it's set, and that's where it will stay.  The Fed.Gov can kiss my butt.


There's This: Portland Police: 'We Wish There Were Some Kind Of Organized, Armed Force That Could Fight Back Against Antifa'

Then This: Bernie Sanders Arrives In Hong Kong To Lecture Protesters On How Good They Have It Under Communism

It's the Babylon Bee, guys.  It's hard to write satire whenn what you write so closely approximates the truth.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday Night Music


Noticed one of the teenage grandsons had scratches all over his arm.  "What the hell happened to you?

"I was petting a stray cat, then I tried to pick it up, and it went off on me."

"You couldn't turn it loose?"

I was trying to turn it loose."

Valuable life lesson.  Sometimes you want to pet something, and find out it's almost impossible to turn that thing loose, as bad as you want to.  This time it was just a stay cat.  Net time it might be something more dangerous, like a psycho-chick.

That's a valuable life-lesson, right there.

Monday, August 19, 2019


Like many of you, I've been following the continuing saga of Jeffrey Epstein's suicide in a Manhattan lockup.  I've never been a Federal prison guy, but I have been the watch commander of a local lockup, and I know that you do not want to be the guy who has someone commit suicide on your watch.  Nothing good comes from it.
Attorney General William Barr has removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.
Evidently, that facility has problems that are ongoing, ad the big bosses didn't do anything to correct it.   I've read over the past week that various prison officials tried to cover up instances of dereliction of duty.

This story bears watching fairly closely.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ouida Potatoes

Belle has a good friend, Ouida, (Wee-da) who gave us this recipe, and it has become a favorite.  It's quick, easy, and a big hit at gatherings, whether in the shop at a church gathering.  It gets rave reviews, and is easy-peasy.
Ouida Potatoes.
3 lbs red potatoes. Green onions, chopped for garnish. Bacon bits. Regular bottle Ranch Dressing. Grated cheese, any type.
Wash those potatoes, and cut them in bite-sized pieces.  Boil them till they're fork-tender.  You've done all the cooking you're going to do.
In a casserole dish, put the drained potatoes, hot.  Add ranch dressing till they're covered.  Garnish with green onion and bacon bits, then cover it all with grated cheese.  Set aside.  In about five minutes, the heat from the potatoes will soften the cheese.  Serve.
Seriously, that's all there is to it.  If you can boil potatoes and cut up green onions, you have this covered.   Don't make it any harder than it is.

Friday, August 16, 2019

.350 Legend?

I got my American Rifleman today and saw a picture of a new cartridge from Winchester, the .350 Legend.  I'm a big fan of .35 caliber cartridges, ad I must say that my curiosity is piqued.  Evidently, it's based on the .223 Remington cartridge, blown out to .35 caliber, and is a straight-walled case.

It was designed, evidently, as a niche cartridge for those folks who cannot use bottleneck cases for deer hunting, but it throws a 300 grain, .35 cal bullet at 1800 fps.  My first thought was ' "Big Deal!  I have a 45-70 load that throws a 405 grain bullet at 1800."

But then I started thinking; This is based o the .223 case.  It might fit through an AR.  Or, a really small bolt gun.  Either way, it would make a dandy cast-bullet rifle.  If Junior were still alive, he'd be on this thing like a duck on a june bug.

Right now, it's a new, niche cartridge, but I can see the potential.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Local TV Interview

My interview with the local TV station this afternoon.  KALB is Live at 5.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Swing Bearing

Grandson Quinton is driving my pickup truck to school for his final semester of high school.  He came home yesterday and said that it was making a funny noise.  My truck is an '01 F150 with something over 210K miles on it.  I've taken care of it, and cranks and starts and goes and stops ever time I turn the key.  The AC is still cold and the radio works.

I went outside, we drove it, and sure enough, it's making a funny noise.  I  thought it was the rear end, but we took it over to my son's house, where he has a lift in his shop.  Put it on the lift.  Swing bearing.  A whole lot less expensive than a rear end.  Some parts houses call it a center shaft bearing.

In another hour we'll be installing a new swing bearing.  He let me drive an old beater jeep today that he keeps around the place.  It has a little 4-banger and a 5 speed manual.  I haven't driven a manual transmission in, probably, fifteen years, but I certainly haven't forgotten.  I taught all my kids how to drive a manual transmission, but I thin that is a dying skill set today.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

New Optics

I bought an AR last week, and we talked about that.  It came with no sights, and a crappy little BSA red dot on it.  Okay, fine.

I was casting around for a nice red dot sight, and was searching around YouTube ad stumbled upon something called the SPRC-AR from Vortex.  I had a couple of tabs open looking for he best price and MidwayUSA had one of those ADD TO CART FOR PRICE things.  I clicked on it, and immediately proceeded to checkout.  The price was very favorable.  Very favorable indeed.  Lit $131.00 in the door, with the NRA roundup.

It came in today and I am favorably impressed.  Easy to mount, it was almost effortless.  It used an AAA battery in the riser.  It's not a Trijicon, or a a NightForce, but it is a nice little $200 red dot, and Vortex has a forever guarantee.  I'll take it out in the ext week or so and establish a battlesight zero.

Everyone needs an AR around the house.  If nothing else, it pisses off the leftists.


I spent the day filling out Disclosure forms and sending them to the state Ethics Board, and going over all the reports that will be due.  Disclosure is important, but it really takes all the fun our of campaigning.

On the up-side, I did start the morning with a radio interview on a small radio station in Alexandria.  That was a lot of fun.

I don't know how many viewers this guy has, but at this stage of the game, every vote counts.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Opening a Bank Account

Grandson wants to open a bank account, ad I think that is a fine idea.  I opened mine when I was a mere youth, a student account at the local bank.  I simply walked into the bank and opened a pass book account.  Remember those?  I didn't even have a driver's license.  They took my word and my money.

So, we went to the bank today, and Oh, Hell No.  He can't open a account unless he has a parent or guardian (and legally, I am neither), plus a valid picture ID and a Social Security card.  He's bummed out ad so am I.

We'll get this done in a few days, but in the interim, it sure is hard to open a bak account these days.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Why Do You Need?

It's a favorite question that gun-control guys ask "Why do you need an AR-15?"

It's an odd question in light of the consumer economy that we all live it, and especially the up-scale reporters who ask that question.  Many of us own things that we demonstrably do not need, but which make life easier, or more pleasant .  No one would dream to ask why we need two SUVs and a pickup truck.  No one would dream to ask why I need a big shop.  And, I certainly won't look in my wife's closet and ask whey she needs all those shoes.

The question itself is arrogant and overbearing.  It appeals to a certain percentage of the population who seems to believe that they can dictate what you or I need.  It pretends to frame the question is a way that makes us seem unreasonable.

This weekend, reporters asked Lindsey Graham that question, and he replied with a reasonable, thought-out answer.
“Here’s a scenario that I think is real: There’s a hurricane, a natural disaster, no power, no cops, no anything,” the Republican lawmaker told reporters aboard Air Force One.
A reporter asked if he meant looters.
“Yeah, people, they’re not going to come to the AR-15 home,” Graham responded. “Well, I think if you show up on the porch with an AR-15, they’ll probably go down the street.”
It's a reasonable answer, I guess, but I much prefer to give them another.  I fix them with and icy state and simply say, calmly and coldly, "To shoot tyrants and their lackeys."

There generally is not a follow-up question.

Conspiracy Theories

I have heard more weird conspiracy theories than I imagined I'd hear over the past 24 hours.

I'm going to finish this cup of coffee and head out to the shop.  The crew will be over for lunch and we're having beef tips.  I plugged the crock pot in last night, and I bet it time to stir them.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Epstein Dead

Everyone is reporting that Jeffery Epstein, the accused pedophile, was found dead in his jail cell this morning of an apparent suicide.  Evidently, he hanged himself. He had been on suicide watch.

Epstein is famously a friend of Bill Clinton, and he and Bill reportedly palled around.  Bill was reportedly a frequent flier on Epstein's private jet.

I don't know how the NYPD dos a suicide watch, but when I was working the jail, an offender on suicide watch had to be personally viewed by a jailer every 15 minutes.  I've done a lot of suicide watches, and it put a lot of stress on the jailers.  But, I never lost one on my watch.  Most folks think of hanging as the way it is portrayed as a punishment, where the whole bdy dangles from a rope.  That's not the way inmates do it.  All that is necessary is something around the neck, tight enough to restrict the blood flow.  When the body loses consciousness, the body slumps, increasing the pressure on the neck.  I've seen cases where a person hung themselves from a sitting position.  However, this method takes longer, which is why the 15-minute suicide watch is effective.

Friday, August 09, 2019


I've been cooking lunch lately for the two teenaged boys in the house, and I had about run out of menu ideas, so I asked grandson Quinton what he might like.

Now, I've never cooked enchiladas, so I went to Btty Crocker and found an easy enchilada recipe.  It looked easy enough, so I went to the grocers and got the stuff I needed.  I substituted green chilis for the green onions to give it a little kick, and I used a rotisserie chicken from the store.  And I used extra cheese that was hiding in the fridge, because.... cheese.

I think that they turned out pretty good for the first go-round.  I'll have to start experimenting so I don't have to rely on cans, but in the meantime, this works.

I always "cook big" for lunnch and put the rest away for the evening.  The boys can nuke whatever they like for supper.

More Idiocy

It sounds like the opening to a bad bar joke.  "So, this guy walks int a Walmart wearing body armor and a rifle."

It's no joke.  Some jazzbo walked into a Neighborhood Walmart wearing body armor with a handgun on his belt and a rifle slung around his neck.  Then started taking video of the ensuring panic.  Luckily an off-duty fireman was carrying and held him at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him.
The incident at the Missouri Walmart comes hours after police in Florida identified a man they were looking for who they alleged told a Walmart salesperson in Port St. Lucie that he was looking for something "that would kill 200 people."
I need to go to Sam's Club later today to pick up a few things.   I will not be causing panic.  But, I will be very alert.  It looks like the crazies have fixated on the Walmart stores.

Florida Man

So, this gun-violence-prevention-activist walks into a Walmart in south Florida and asks if they have anything that will kill 200 people.

He saw a "white-nationalist looking guy" buy a gun, and he got mad.

The mind reels.  These are the people who we try to have reasonable conversations with.  They are so convinced of their own righteousness that they are willing to look foolish or angerous to make a point.  My mind boggles.

If any red-flag laws (which I think are a horrible idea on constitutional grounds),  existed in Florida, this guy would be the poster child.  If you walk into a gun shop and ask for something that will kill 200 people, the clerk is absolutely beholden to deny the sale and call the police.  Which is what happened here.

Pore ol' Joe

Pore ol' Joe Biden.  He is known for his gaffes and yesterday while I was out politicing, he knocked one out of the park.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic primary frontrunner, made another gaffe Thursday when he told a crowd in Iowa that “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.”
Huh ?  Say what?

You gotta love this guy.  His heart is in the right place, but his brain runs in weird circles.  If he hadn't gone into politics, he might have been a very successful stand-up comic.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The Lever Carbine

On a discussion of a new M4-Clone I bought yesterday, Anonymous says inn comments:
As popular as the AR-15 platform is, I think the more practical version of the American Rifle is a lever action .357 carbine or trapper.
Oh, I concur, sir, you are preaching to the choir.  I've been a lever gun aficionado for several decades. I particularly lie the Marlin 1984c in .357 magnum.  I have some very nice loads for that particular setup that makes the little carbine into an effective 100 yard rifle, perfect for slipping though the pine trees and hardwood bottom of the woods I used to hunt.

I'm probably the only LEO who qualified with a levergun as a patrol rifle in Louisiana in the past 20 years.  This blog post from 2010 gives some particulars on the capabilities of the little carbine.  That particular rifle lives in New Mexico now, where my son uses it as a trail rifle, to keep whatever critter he needs to keep at bay.  A 180 grain bullet at 1600 will thump something hard enough that it will stay thumped for the interim.

Those particular rifles are still available, and I recommend them to whomever might like one.  Several companies make them.  I prefer the Marlin although by buddy, Junior always lied the Miroku clone of the Winchester 92.  Junior and I had many campfire discussions over the relative merits of each carbine.

Back to the M4.  The young warrior has been infatuated with that rifle, learning the intricacies of the mechanism.  I bet he has disassembled it several dozen times today.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

America's Rifle

With all the hoopla over the weekend, I realized that I didn't currently have an AR in the stocks.  I've given them all away.  Each of my sons has an AR that I gifted to them, but the old man didn't have one in the cupboard.

So, this morning after qualifying for the Sheriff's race, I stopped by a local merchant to see what he had in stock.  I picked up an entry-level M4 clone  Pretty much everything on this rile sucks, but the price was very okay.  So, I brought it home.

Came home and laid it on the kitchen table, preparatory to giving it a good cleaning.  Grandson Quinton walked through the kitchen and expressed interest.  He's a soldier who hasn't yet been to basic training, so I thought it might be a good idea to expose him to the rifle he'll be carrying.  We went out to the shop where the cleaning gear is stashed.

Exploring the mysteries of the AR bolt assembly
He's fairly well versed, having disassembled and re-assembled it a half-dozen times.  He'll get more experience when he gets to basic, but I think that he has a firm understanding.

Today has been a very good day.

KSYL Radio Interview

I was interviewed by a local radio station, KSYL radio in Alexandria, LA, about the Sheriff's race and my candidacy.  They posted it online as a podcast, and the audio is here if anyone wants to listen to it.

Click here for the interview.

It was a lot of fun, and I hope that I get to talk to these guys again.


Today is the first day of qualifying for the various statewide and parish races in Louisiana.  All over the state, ccandidates are making their way to the courthouse to file the necessary paperwork to be included on the ballot.

Today was the first time I exercised this particular right and privilege of American citizenship.  I am now a qualified candidate for the office of Sheriff for Rapides Parish.

Listening to talk radio on the ay to and from the courthouse, I stopped by my local gun shop and picked up another AR.  This one is a flat-top M4 clone.  Nothing, fancy, nothing special, but BATF seems to be backed up on approvals.  Mine took about 45 minutes

Monday, August 05, 2019

Here We Go Again

Already, the strident voices calling for mass gun confiscation are shrieking into our homes.
Realistically, a gun control plan that has any hope of getting us down to European levels of violence is going to mean taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners.
They do not want to open that Pandora's box. They really do not want to go there.

Weekend Updaate

So, as expected, we hear that President Trump is to blame for the mass shooting in El Paso.

Okay.  Who is to blame for the continuing casualty count in Chicago?

I don't believe that President Trump was either in El Paso or Chicago this weekend.  I doubt that his security detail would let him shoot up either place.

Haters gotta hate, blamers gotta blame.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

The Great Taboo

If you like Scotch whisky, you've probably discovered Ralfy.  He talks about Scotch and does whisky reviews.  He's one of my go-to channels when I'm researching whiskeys.

In review 454, he talks about the Great Taboo.

Ralfy is a lot of fun, and he knows his whisky.

There is another channel that oes whiskey reviews that I lie, the Whiskey Tribe.  They are out of Austin, TX and have a lot of content.  They also do a thing called Dry Week, where once a quarter, they take a week off from consuming alcohol, for a lot of good reasons.

Moderation, guys.  It's always a good idea.

The Two Dollar Bill

There is a meme going around the Book of Face, lately.  A nostalgic meme.

Uh, yeah, I've used a $2 bill. 

Back in the late '70s I was stationed at a major Army installation in central Kentucky.  The Commanding General went to a local Chamber of Commerce meeting where the locals heartily bitched about the GIs who used local services.

The CG came back to the post and had a staff meeting to go over the complaints.  But, he wanted to demonstrate the economic power of the GIs in the local economy, so he directed that the paymaster put a single $2 bill in each pay envelope.  Direct deposit was an emerging technology, and a sizable number of soldiers were still getting paid by cash.

By early the next month, the local economy was awash in $2 currency.

That shut them up.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Mass Shooting at Wal-Mart

Multiple sources are reporting a mass casualty event at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, TX this afternoon.
Horrific news out of El Paso as authorities have told KTSM that 18 people have been killed at a local Walmart store.
Police are on the scene and there are some reports of "multiple shooters." A photo from a local police source shows at least two men entering the store armed with long rifles.
This is still breaking, and we will learn more in the coming hours and days.  It is way too early to draw any conclusions, and everything is rumor at this point.

Friday, August 02, 2019

It Ain't Hurting Business

A small gun shop in North Carolina put up a billboard mocking AOC and the rest of the "squad".

Free speech, First Amendment, etc.  I don't believe that this billboard will hurt his business, because folks who like those four ain't likely to buy guns, anyway.

Source article here.   Hat tip, Wirecutter.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Comey Again?

PJMedia is reporting that former FBI director Jim Comey broke the law protecting classified information and leaked information in violation of that law.  Of course, no one is going to prosecute it.
According to Solomon's sources, the IG report will conclude that Comey "leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor," but DOJ prosecutors declined to bring charges because they didn't think they had enough evidence to prove that Comey intended to violate the law.
I'm no lawyer, but I didn't know that intent was an element of the classified information law. If I were a DOJ prosecutor, I'd be looking hard at the law to see if intent is even covered.  Some laws require intent, some don't.  If this one doesn't, then what we're seeing is another attempt to shield a perful person fromm the consequences of their actions.

Whut? You've Never Heard This Song?

Free Bird (or Freebird) is an American power ballad first performed by rock band Lynard Skynard in 1973.  It quickly became an iconic recording.  Over forty hears later it still resonates.

Some folks have never heard it.